Mikel Arteta has responded to claims by Erik ten Hag that Arsenal have benefitted from a lack of injuries this season.
“We’ve been carrying injuries throughout the season,” the Gunners boss said after the defeat to Sporting.
“We had Emile [Smith Rowe] out for four months, Gabriel Jesus out for four months, Alex [Zinchenko] for two and half months, Thomas [Partey] for a month and a half, Eddie [Nketiah] for a month, and a half.
“We had quite a lot of injuries already, but we dealt with that.”
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When asked about Man United’s’ injury issues after their Europa League win over Real Betis on Thursday, Ten Hag said: “I think until now we’ve only had one game where the whole squad was available. We had only one game like that.
“That was the only time. When you see all season we have had some setbacks, every time we’ve dealt with it. We have to deal with it well but Arsenal, almost all the time their squad is totally available.”